exploring Excursions by Bus  

Myths & River
A superb excursion taking in the local sights and history of the area.  Our first visit is to Necromantion 'Oracle of the dead' which was the first oracle to be known in history.  It was built at the gates of Hades and was created on the ancient Greek belief that the souls of the dead could see into the future.  You will discover the stories behind this ritual and the elaborate lengths the priests went to in order to 'prepare' the pilgrims for their meeting with the dead.  We will also visit the site of Zalogo, a well known site of self sacrifice.
This is where 63 women of Souli, holding their babies and children, danced of the cliff to their deaths rather than surrender to the Turks.  Here you climb the 410 steps to the impressive monument which was built as a tribute to these brave women. 

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Our final visit of the day is to the inland village of Gliki and one of the most beautiful landscapes in Epirus, the River Acheron, believed to be the ancient river Styx.  We will have time for lunch (not included in the price) on the banks of the river, before our guide walks you through the crystal clear (very cold) waters where the natural mountain springs run in.  In mythology the water was supposed to have magical powers, Achilles mother bathed him in the waters of the river Acheron as a baby.  His heel was the part the waters didn't touch thus making it his only vulnerable spot. 
This excursion is guided.
 
Albania
This is a unique and fascinating trip to a mysterious and secretive land long closed to outsiders and until recently the last communist country in Eastern Europe.  Now at long last travelers have a unique opportunity to visit and explore its beautiful beaches, local villages and stunning ancient sites. 
We will visit the ancient city of Butrint. Butrint is the greatest archaeological and tourist site in the region, and of worldwide importance.  Over the centuries Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Normans, Venetians and Ottoman Turks have all settled here.  Your local guide will inform you about the fascinating remains including the Theatre, the Thermal Baths, the Temple of Asclepios and the finest building on the site, the early Christian baptistery.   From here we will head to the town of Saranda, the southernmost harbour of the country.  Here you will have time for lunch and to explore the beautiful town and beaches, before returning to Parga.
This excursion is guided.

Meteora
An amazing 2 day excursion to one of the most breathtaking sites on earth. A rare geological phenomenon, Meteora (meaning 'suspended in air'), is at the foot of the Pindos Mountains, 120km from Ionannina.  Rising from the plain is a group of rock pillars which were formed thousands of years ago with monasteries crowning the summit of these formidable pinnacles. 
Our Journey will take us through some of the most stunning parts of Greece, visiting beautiful mountain villages in the Zagoria Region and heading over the Katara pass into this alpine region.  By early evening we arrive at our hotel in the village of Kastraki in Meteora.  Guests then have a free evening.  If guests wish to go out for dinner in the lovely town of Kalambaka then the coach leaves at 20:00hrs and returns at approx. 23:00hrs (dinner not include in price of excursion).  Day 2, and after breakfast we head to the monasteries where we visit "Roussanou", one of the two nunneries and then onto the "Great Meteoron" which is the largest and oldest monastery. 
The excursion is guided and includes overnight accommodation, breakfast and entry into the monasteries.

Lefkas
A lovely day out to the beautiful island of Lefkas.  We firstly visit Lefkas town, the cultural centre of Lefkas.  Here you have 2 hours to explore the historic centre with its traditional built houses and maze of pathways, which is a unique and pleasant experience.  Then we continue to the outstanding beach of Kathisma where we will spend 3 hours, giving you plenty of time to have lunch, swim sunbathe, the choice is yours!  On our return we will head back towards Lefkas town making our last stop at the Monastery of Faneromeni, here there are amazing views across the town. 

Excursions by Boat

Paxos and Antipaxos

A beautiful day out to the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos.  According to Greek mythology these islands were created by Poseidon, God of the Sea, by striking the southern most tip of Corfu with his trident.  We leave Parga a 10:00hrs and arrive first at Antipaxos.  Here you will have time to do some snorkeling and swimming in the crystal clear waters.  We then continue our journey to the Blue Caves before arriving at the island of Paxos and the largest village called Gaios.  You will have free time to explore the village with its many craft shops and have lunch in the excellent fish tavernas. Arrive back in Parga at 17:30 hrs. An unforgettable day out!


Corfu
A 2 hr ferry trip from Parga will take you to the jewel of the Ionian Sea.  Corfu town (known locally as Kerkyra) will embrace you and leave you breathless with its beauty and culture.  This old Venetian town, resplendent in colours of blue and gold, dominated by its imposing 16th century fortress, sums up the essence of Corfu's history.  You will have free time to explore this beautiful town with its Venetian, British and French influences and its many churches and museums. Stroll along the famous esplanade 'The Listons', enjoy a drink whilst watching cricket or explore the narrow streets of the old town with its intriguing corners and hidden delights. 

Ionian Island Hopping

This excursion gives you the opportunity to visit the beautiful Islands of Lefkada, Kefalonia, Ithaka, Scorpios and to view the famous cave of 'Papanikolis' on the Island of Meganisi.

We leave Parga at 7.30am and head by coach to the island of Lefkada and the resort of Nidri.  Here we board the 'Alexandros' boat for our cruise. 

Our first stop will be at one of the award winning beaches on Lefkada where you have time to swim in the torquoise waters.  We then continue our journey the island of Kefalonia and the beautiful village of Fiskardo. Here you have free time to explore and have lunch.  Our next stop is on the fabled Island of Homeric legend, Itaka,  and the small picture postcard village of Kioni, where you can browse the shops and stop for refreshments.  We then sail across to the island of Meganisi and visit the historic cave of 'Papanikolis' before heading to the Island of Scorpios which belongs to the Onassis family.  At Scorpios you have 30 minute to swim, take photos and visit one small beach ( the rest of the Island s prohibited).

Finally we head back to Nidri and board the coach for our return journey to Parga.  Arriving at approx. 20.45hrs

A thoroughly enjoyable day not to be missed!

Exploring by scooter

We use  local company 'Scorpion Bikes' who offer competative rates.  They provide fully automatic scooters either 50cc or 125cc (motorbike licence required for 125cc) with full insurance.
Parga and the surrounding areas have many places of historical and natural interest for visitors where one may explore  by scooter such as Ancient Nicopolis, Nekromanteion''The Entrance to the underworld'' , The Acheron River and natural springs and the Ancient Elina at Karavostasi in Perdika.

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